Leading by Example: Reflections on Investiture Ceremony


“Leaders are not born but are made by their experiences in life.”


These profound words echoed through the halls of The Khaitan School on the auspicious day of August 12th, 2023, as the school held its Investiture Ceremony for the academic year 2023-24. The event was a testament to the school’s commitment to nurturing leadership qualities among its students and providing them with a platform to experience the workings of an administrative body. The ceremony was a culmination of rigorous scrutiny, democratic elections, and interviews that led to the formation of the Senior School Cabinet and the Middle School Council.



The ceremony took place in the grandeur of the school’s auditorium and was graced by the presence of distinguished guests, including the Chief Guest, Mr. Manvendra Goyal, Commissioner Income Tax Delhi (Member DRP), Officiating Principal, Mr. Sajeev Phillip, and Head of Middle School, Ms. Pooja Singh. The atmosphere was charged with a sense of responsibility and excitement as the newly elected leaders prepared to take on their roles.

Mr. Sajeev Phillip, in his address to the gathering, emphasized the importance of duty and responsibility in leadership roles. He encouraged the elected leaders to be proactive, compassionate, and socially aware. His words resonated not only with the students but also with the parents, whom he urged to support their children in their journey towards becoming responsible citizens.


The highlight of the event was the conferring of titles, badges, and oaths upon the Presidents, Devaashnabh Hazarika and Swara Mishra, and the Council leaders, Vihaan Dubey and Advaita Mathur, along with their team of Cabinet ministers and Council members. This symbolic gesture marked the official beginning of their tenure as leaders, charged with guiding their peers and making decisions for the betterment of the school community.


In their maiden addresses as the newly elected Heads of the School, Devaashnabh Hazarika and Swara Mishra expressed their gratitude and excitement for the responsibilities bestowed upon them. Their words resonated with a sense of determination to lead by example and uphold the values of the institution.


The ceremony took a creative turn as a fusion of Bharatnatyam and Kathak Indian classical dance forms unfolded on the stage. The performance, aesthetically choreographed by Mrs. Manju Wazir, HOD Music & Dance, was a visual representation of the school’s commitment to holistic development. The school song, “Hum hai Khaitanians,” composed and melodiously woven by Mrs. Ruba Munshi and Mr. Joshua Peter, encapsulated the spirit of unity and pride that binds the Khaitanians together.


Mrs. Pooja Singh, Head of Middle School, brought the event to a close with a heartfelt vote of thanks. Her words were a fitting culmination, expressing gratitude to all who contributed to making the Investiture Ceremony a memorable and meaningful occasion.


The Investiture Ceremony at The Khaitan School was not merely an event but a testament to the school’s philosophy of grooming future leaders.

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